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Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs can gloat -- they've once again foiled iPhone unlockers via a firmware update, this time to the bootrom shipping on new units.  (Source: Telegraph UK)

A screenshot of the new bootrom was posted by unlocker Mathieulh. The new bootrom began shipping this week.  (Source: iClarified)
Apple's strikes again, sending jailbreakers on their heels

Apple plays what its CEO Steve Jobs once likened to a game of "cat and mouse" with iPhone unlockers and jailbreakers.  Jailbreakers, like the iPhone Dev Team, try to release the iPhone from being limited to the official iTunes app store and other firmware restrictions, while unlockers, such as George Hotz, use the jailbreaks and other techniques to unlock the phone, allowing it to run on any hardware-supported network.

Usually the unlockers/jailbreakers seize the day, but occasionally Apple will win a round.  Apple has tried many approaches -- everything from "bricking" unlocked iPhones to denying jailbroken iPhones access to the iTunes store -- to halt the spread of unlocking in the U.S. and force people to use AT&T, despite the hardware being capable of working on other carriers such as T-Mobile.

Now, Apple has managed to gain an upper hand over the persistent hackers according to iClarified, thanks to the release of a new bootrom, iBoot-359.3.2.  The phone firmware, which shipped on new iPhone 3GSs starting this week, closes previously used doors to exploits.

A user named "Mathieulh" first noticed the new bootrom and took a screenshot.  It was subsequently confirmed by Muscle Nerd of the iPhone Dev Team that the loss of the 24kpwn exploit would render the iPhone unjailbreakable for the time being.  This means that the unlocking fixes, such as the utility released by George Hotz, also won't work anymore as they rely on jailbreaking as a preliminary step.

For users wishing to jailbreak, iPhone jailbreakers are hard at work trying to find alternative exploits that could be used to unlock the phone.  They suggest, in the meantime, that users purchase older stock of iPhones or buy refurbished units.

The iPhone 3GS was unlocked as soon as it was released, thanks to unlockers with iPhone Developer connections.  George Hotz used the iPhone Dev Team's exploit, along with his own methods, to publish a route to jailbreaking the phone just weeks later.

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RE: Windows 7 is already cracked.
By reader1 on 10/14/2009 10:54:33 AM , Rating: -1
People are using the open-platform PC to jail-break the iPhone. If the PC were a closed platform, cracks and whatnot would not be able to be distributed or even discussed.

RE: Windows 7 is already cracked.
By MrBlastman on 10/14/2009 10:58:46 AM , Rating: 4
Long live the PC.

By inighthawki on 10/14/2009 10:59:33 AM , Rating: 2
In order to fully close down any discussion of cracks and hacks you would essentially need to shutdown the internet. Even closed platforms like the xbox360 and the wii have hacks to unlock homebrew and piracy, even though it is not meant to be that way. Remember that hacks don't always have to be software too, you can buy modchips (which would probably also then be available for pc) which would unlock features (like development on the pc) and in the end you are back to the way things were.

RE: Windows 7 is already cracked.
By damianrobertjones on 10/14/2009 11:09:56 AM , Rating: 2
Word of mouth. Market stalls. It'll happen, it has happened and will always happen.

People used to copy Acorn Electron/BBC Micro/Spectrum/Amstrad tapes LONG before the net even really appeared in homes.

No matter what system, closed or not, people will play.

By damianrobertjones on 10/14/2009 11:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
Furthermore, people will send off their hardware to be hacked if the option is there. The PC being open/closed case is utter trash. Please, stop, think of the past and how it will still be in the future.

RE: Windows 7 is already cracked.
By omnicronx on 10/14/2009 1:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
There will always be an open platform reader, whether your insane predictions of Windows/OSX become true or not. Whether that be linux or some other unix variant, you can't kill open platforms completely, Apple/Windows/Whoever else does not have this kind of control, nor will they ever. They control their product and their product alone. As such if Windows were ever closed to such applications, they would just appear elsewhere, continuing the cat and mouse game that we are reading about today.

So much for your theory..

By themaster08 on 10/15/2009 2:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
cracks and whatnot would not be able to be distributed or even discussed.

Communism FTW!

I acknowledge that being a lemming means that you must conform to whatever your masters tell you, but the rest of us are human beings.

We enjoy freedom and choice.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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